BMW 650 GS Tail Light

One of the first things I noticed about my BMW 650 Dakar was how dim the taillight was. The little incandescent bulb is not very bright and if the plastic light cover is even just a little bit dirty (as it always seems to be) the light is even more…

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Two Types of Lightning – Positive and Negative

How exactly lightning forms is still open for debate. However, meteorologists are certain there are two types of lightning: positive and negative. The most commonly accepted theory for lightning genesis is that ice crystals lose and electron when they collide in the upper part of the cloud. Once the ice…

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Upgrading the Windows in Your Home

When we had our house built, DR Horton installed the crappiest windows possible. To make matters worse, the windows were installed poorly and rain water leaked down through the walls causing quite a headache. I waited 6 months for them to come out and replace the windows the first time….

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Is a Whole House Furnace Humidifier Worth the Money?

The air in Colorado is extremely dry, especially when the cold winter air is heated to 68°F. When you heat cold dry air, the humidity level drops considerably. Our first solution was to run three small warm mist and cool mist humidifiers throughout the house which meant changing a lot…

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Harnessing Lightning and Using the Electricity

The idea of harnessing lightning and using the static electricity to supplement our power grid is nothing new. The difficulty has always been knowing when and where lightning will strike, capturing it, then releasing the electricity onto the electrical grid. Even if all these issues were addressed, would it still…

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Can Insects and Plants Predict Weather?

A lot of weather folk lore over the years has made claim that insects can predict the weather and that by observing the insects, we humans can make better decisions on how to dress, what crops to plant or whether to water the lawn or not. I have yet to…

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Do Mobile Homes and Trailer Parks Attract Tornadoes?

Many joke how mobile homes and trailer parks always seem to get hit by tornadoes. Some truly believe mobile homes attract tornadoes. The fact is, nothing attracts tornadoes. They form and move based on wind and other meteorological variables, not the type of home on the ground. The reason people…

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